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7 Ways You Could be Unknowingly Violating HIPAA

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Non-compliance with HIPAA can easily lead to unintended breaches where data is exposed to unauthorized parties. This can be very expensive! Violating HIPAA can cost anywhere from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per data record).

You don’t want to be caught in a situation where inaction, neglect, or lack of knowledge can result in violating HIPAA. Many small and large organizations are often unknowingly using systems in a way that is either already in breach or which results in frequent sporadic breaches.

Check your organization!

If any of the following scenarios apply to you, it is worth bringing them up the person responsible for compliance (your HIPAA Security Officer) to include in your mandatory yearly Risk Analysis.  Is the risk of breach worth continuing with “business as usual?”

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Encryption and Auditing for MySQL Databases under HIPAA

Monday, July 21st, 2014

encrypting and auditing MySQLWe get many questions regarding MySQL databases and HIPAA website compliance. These range from confusion over the auditing of access to stored ePHI to what HIPAA’s data encryption requirements actually are to how HIPAA applies to MySQL databases. Next, we will attempt to address some of these subtle questions.

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Do I need to Buy an SSL Certificate to use Secure Email?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Our sales staff have been asked this question countless times.  It is a natural assumption that because SSL and TLS encryption of email (and web sites) requires use of an “SSL certificate“, that one must buy an SSL certificate in order to use such a service.  Fortunately, the answer is always

You do not need to buy your own SSL certificate to use secure email.

We’ll explain why.

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What exactly does HIPAA say about Email Security?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Performing daily business transactions through electronic technologies is accepted, reliable, and necessary across the nation’s healthcare sectors. Therefore, electronic communications and email have become a standard in the healthcare industry as a way to conduct business activities that commonly include:

  • Interacting with web-savvy patients;
  • Real time authorizations for medical services;
  • Transcribing, accessing and storing health records;
  • Appointment scheduling;
  • Referring patients; and
  • Submitting claims to health plan payers for payment of the services provided.

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Do Law Firms have Data Security Liability?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

As of 2010, 91% of all law firms have 10 or fewer employees; 99.6% have less than 100 employees1.  The smaller the firm, the less likely they are to have a strong IT department and are much more likely to be focused on case load rather than on current changes in the compliance landscape that are now impacting them.  Indeed, one of the largest segments of new law firms are small practices run by folks that have left larger firms … and such folks arguably have less time to spend on such considerations with the amount of legal work per lawyer in the United States becoming increasingly less.

Email and messaging — more and more information is sent digitally.  For the legal profession, this is also increasingly true due to the time saving nature of such communications, the high time cost associated with legal work, and the ever-present push to get things done faster.

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